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    Re: source of new shutters

    Keep an eye on eBay. In the past year or two or three, I picked up a NOS Ilex #5 and a NOS Copal 3 for under $300 each. Don't have the barrel lenses to be mounted in them yet, but at least I have the...
  2. Re: Software rather than center filter for correcting illumination falloff?

    Somewhere there is a post or site that compares all the center ND filters and which can be used on which lenses. Lost my bookmark, maybe someone could post the URL.

    None of my center ND filters...
  3. Re: Software rather than center filter for correcting illumination falloff?

    With Photoshop the easiest way:
    open the image file.
    filter>Lens correction
    choose custom and not auto-correction
    using the vignette tool slider, move it to the right ("lighten")
    sometimes works...
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    Re: Servicing an old lens... worth it?

    Seriously I'd consider removing the front lens elements and the shutter's top plate. Twice I've done this, once with a Betax #5 and another time with a shutter that looks very much like the one you...
  5. Re: 8x10 Tripod that Won't Break the Bank, But May Break my Back

    Wooden Miller tripods are excellent. They don't have the name recognition that Ries has so don't command nearly as high prices. My circa 1980s? wooden Miller handles my 8x10 Chamonix with ease....
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    Re: Justify the acquiring of a new Linhof Technika?

    Thanks Bob, your outline really simplifies things for me.
    Greg
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    Re: Justify the acquiring of a new Linhof Technika?

    Thanks Oren, that's exactly what am looking for.
    Greg
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    Re: Justify the acquiring of a new Linhof Technika?

    I'm still looking... Since my last post, last fall found one Technika that I very seriously considered buying, but the seller was not a photographer and couldn't answer my questions, plus "returns...
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    Re: Viewing Lights in the Darkroom?

    In my case, till a few years ago I used a Kodak hanging safelight (no filter) with a 60 watt bulb aimed down at the sink. Finally a few years ago accepted the fact that this was hardly an acceptable...
  10. Re: (Micro-Mark Mega Mini R8) Milling machine for fabricating parts... advice needed.

    First off... Thanks for all the feedback, please keep it coming.

    Locally finding an adult Ed classes in metal working came quickly to a dead end. Was told that they ceased to exist a while back...
  11. (Micro-Mark Mega Mini R8) Milling machine for fabricating parts... advice needed.

    Am very seriously looking into acquiring the Micro-Mark Mega Mini R8 Milling machine Super Package. I have a list of simple adapters that I want to make. Have never used a Milling Machine before, but...
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    Re: Please Help Identify "Type Y" Caltar Lens

    f/6.8 a lot of times means that it's a Dagor formula, but not always...

    How to recognize a Dagor lens by the reflection...
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    Re: Adapting a Sinar Norma FS to a Chamonix 8x10

    Thanks for the post... Exactly my idea!
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    Adapting a Sinar Norma FS to a Chamonix 8x10

    Has anyone adapted the front standard from a Sinar Norma to a Chamonix 8x10? Acquired a spare Sinar Norma front standard recently. Will be acquiring a Micro-Mark Mega Mark R8 Milling Machine package...
  15. Thread: Lens for color

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    Re: Lens for color

    In the 1980s (could be wrong on that date, but was around that time), I accepted a job to photograph petrie dishes and enlarge the images to 16x20 inches. My client insisted on the best quality final...
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    Re: Sinar binolupe on Linhof Technika V

    In the 1980s we had a custom adapter fabricated that hinged the Sinar binocular reflex back off the "shoe" on top where the universal finder was mounted. It wasn't cheap but it did work. You had to...
  17. Thread: 4x5 enlarger

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    Re: 4x5 enlarger

    Simmon Omega Type D-2 enlargers are workhorses. Problem is that if they are not treated with care when moving them, they can be bent out of alignment. A friend called me in that he had found two of...
  18. Thread: DIY darkroom sink

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    Re: DIY darkroom sink

    Color on lid is "Granite" Absolutely no problems with flaking. Paint is amazingly seemingly odorless, but I still run, on low, the exit fan in the darkroom overnight after repainting the sink.
  19. Thread: Hi from Ireland

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    Re: Hi from Ireland

    In looking back on my photographic adventures in Ireland, 9 out of 10 of my final prints were sweeping panoramas.
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    Re: Hasselblad Flextight 343

    Around here a used Hasselblad Imacon 646 Film Scanner with accessories goes for about $8,000.00. While back had access to one for several years and took full advantage of using it, especially on my...
  21. Re: Suggestions for a low cost incident light meter

    Spectra Director Exposure Meter Model D
    or
    Norwood Director Model D Exposure Meter Color Manic

    Up for auction for usually under $20
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    Re: Which Chamonix 4x5?

    Highly recommend the Kessler Kwik Release
    https://www.kesslercrane.com/kwik-release
    Biggest plus is that it has a fail safe double locking mechanism, plus it easily replaced the OEM plate on my...
  23. Thread: DIY darkroom sink

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    Re: DIY darkroom sink

    Wish I could say the "Pool Noodle" was my idea, but alas wasn't. Wife's daughter had two kids and when they were small, the hearth of their fireplace was a raised sheet of slate which was a "clear...
  24. Thread: DIY darkroom sink

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    Re: DIY darkroom sink

    2'x8' sink. 3/4" plywood painted with RUST-OLEUM RESTORE 4X Deck Coating. Paint is 4X thicken than normal paint. Repaint the inside of the sink every six months, so it looks new most of the time....
  25. Thread: 12" Goerz Dagor?

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    Re: 12" Goerz Dagor?

    I think the best bargains to be found out there for Dagor formula lenses are Goertz Double-Anastigmat lenses. Very same Dagor optic formula but without the label of "Dagor". Intern they tend to go...
  26. Re: Anyone have info about an Exelsior casket set?

    Rochester Optical Co. marketed brass lenses labeled "Excelsior, #numeral, R.O. Co." in the late 1880s up to around 1900. They were described as "Rochester Optical Excelsior Rectilinear Extra Rapid"...
  27. Thread: Cable Release 4x5

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    Re: Cable Release 4x5

    Woven metal threaded cables work fine except in the winter at below freezing temperatures when you drop one onto wet snow and the cable freezes up. Over the years have dropped a non-metal woven one...
  28. Thread: Focusing loupe

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    Re: Focusing loupe

    Subjective opinions to follow.
    from left to right
    30X21mm folding loupe: too high of magnification for general use, but keep one at the bottom of my case.
    AGFA LUPE 8X: Probably my most used...
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    Re: wollensak 159mm 12.5 shutters question

    I find this very interesting. I once owned an early 159mm (per the serial #) that did cover 8x10 but just barely. I believe it was in a Betax shutter. Sold it many years ago. My current 159mm f/12.5...
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    Re: wollensak 159mm 12.5 shutters question

    Also have and use the same lens. Mine is in a Rapax and has the purple circled "w". The lens was used but a few times in the 1950s (?), then put into storage. I acquired the lens a few years ago, and...
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    Re: Long throw cable release - Betax shutter

    Years ago went to our local photo store (remember them?) and compared their assortment of shutter release cords to find the one(s) that had the longest throw. Bought 3, should have bought more. Lost...
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    Re: Where did all the Caltars go?

    Since the 1980s, I have used a 508mm f/7 Caltar on my 11x14. It's a pleasure to focus since it throws an image a lot more like a f/5.6 or faster optic. Closed down impeccably sharp over the whole...
  33. Re: I'm looking for a "thing", something to hold my lenses with Technica boards

    go on eBay and do a search for:
    Partition Folding Flexible Padded Camera Lens Insert Bag Dividers Case for DSLR
    I use one to hold my lenses that are on Sinar boards, case can be easily adapted to...
  34. Re: Schneider 90mm F5.6 Super Angulon XL covers whole plate?

    Mine does indeed have that removable rear shroud. Would have never thought to try to unscrew it... thanks, learn something new every day.
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    152mm f/3.5 & 2.8 KOMURA experiences wanted

    Am interested in members who have or have used either a f/3.5 or a f/2.8 152mm KOMURA. My old KOMURA brochure lists both lenses as covering the 4x5 format. Since no coverage stats in mm's are stated,...
  36. Re: Schneider 90mm F5.6 Super Angulon XL covers whole plate?

    Took a while to acquire one at a reasonable price. Had made the opening bids on some XLs in the past, but was either greatly over bid by others or just didn't meet the reserve price. Was very...
  37. Re: Schneider 90mm F5.6 Super Angulon XL covers whole plate?

    Well the Schneider 90mm F5.6 Super Angulon XL arrived ahead of time. First thing, the thick rimed UV filter on the front had to go, it actually caused some vignetting. This afternoon, shot a test...
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    Re: G claron 270 f9 vs nikkor m 300f9

    Have owned over the years a couple of 305mm G Clarons both barrel and shutter mounted. One was an early Dagor optic, it way out performed the later 305mm G-Clarons...
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    Re: Fujinon-W 210mm f/5.6 Writing on Front

    Hard to tell from the image, but do you have a lenshood on the FUJI? In the mid 1990s, I once had a similar lens that should have covered 8x10 but didn't. Posted my predicament on the WEB, and...
  40. Re: Schneider 90mm F5.6 Super Angulon XL covers whole plate?

    James, thank you. That is exactly the information that I was looking for. Coincidently just today found one FS in mint condition at a price that I just couldn't pass up on. Should be in hand by...
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